Local restaurants make plans for second lockdown

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The new Robin Wylde restaurant in Lyme Regis only opened last week and will now have to close for a month (photo: Robin Wylde Facebook)

LYME Regis restaurants have been making plans for how they can best survive the second national lockdown. 

The month-long lockdown will come into force from Thursday and will see pubs, restaurants, cafes, hairdressers and all non-essential shops closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19

Among those to be hit is Robin Wylde – the latest addition to the town’s growing dining out scene – which opened for the first time last week and was told three days later it would have to close for a month.

Harriet Mansell, owner and chef at the Silver Street restaurant, appeared on BBC Spotlight last night (Monday), appealing for more support for the hospitality industry.

She said: “If people want to continue to eat out after lockdown, I think the government has to consider that the hospitality industry is one of the biggest employers; as an industry it’s a huge, huge resource and it’s a necessary requirement for our country.”

The report said that Robin Wylde would be offering a takeaway and delivery service during lockdown but full details on this have not yet been announced.

Mark Hix will continue to serve fresh fish, seafood and snacks from his food truck at Felicity’s Farm Shop in Morcombelake during lockdown

The Oyster & Fish House in Lister Gardens, owned by celebrity chef Mark Hix, will be closing its doors again on Wednesday night.

The restaurant became the first local victim of lockdown back in April when its parent company, WSH Limited, made the decision to put all of the HIX restaurants into administration. But Mark managed to buy his Lyme restaurant back and reopened when lockdown restrictions were eased.

A statement on the restaurant’s Facebook page said: “We will be sad to close our doors on Wednesday night for the month, but we look forward to seeing everyone again from December 3.”

Mark will, however, be running the HIX Oyster & Fish Truck every Monday to Saturday, 9am to 12noon, at Felicity’s Farm Shop in Morcombelake, selling fresh fish and seafood, as well as Mark’s own home-smoked salmon, snacks and takeaway dishes.

Dom’s Table sold three-course takeaway meals as a pop-up venture during the first lockdown, before opening a restaurant in Coombe Street to great acclaim when restrictions were eased. They will be offering takeaway German pasta boxes with pre-orders to be made via the website www.domstable.co.uk as of Monday, November 9.

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Steve Batey and Kirsty Roberts from Fossil Food Catering have launched a new venture serving takeaway gourmet burgers (photo by Rob Coombe)

Local catering company Fossil Food Catering focussed mainly on the wedding industry pre-lockdown, but owners Steve Batey and Kirsty Roberts have had to come up with a new idea with so many events having been cancelled this year.

They have now launched their food truck Fossil On The Road with a menu of gourmet burgers and loaded sides. The truck will be at the Lyme Regis Football Club car park in Charmouth Road, every Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 9pm, and Sundays from 11am to 4pm for takeaways.

Vegetarian restaurant Tierra Kitchen has been operating a takeaway and delivery service since lockdown measures were first implemented in March and they plan to continue working to this format throughout the autumn and winter. You can order online at shop.tierrakitchen.co.uk or call 07827 224 735 or 01297 445189.

The Harbour Inn, Royal Standard, SWIM, The Pilot Boat and Rock Point Inn in Lyme Regis will all be closing doors on Wednesday night but are encouraging customers to book in advance for December. Click here to read more on how Lyme Regis’ pubs have reacted to the lockdown announcement.

If you would like to update us on how your local business will be operating in the run-up to and during lockdown, please email Francesca Evans on francesca@lyme-online.co.uk or call 07810 221 420.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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